While having your own garden offers many advantages, having a greenhouse offers even more: better protection of the most delicate species, off-season production, the possibility of introducing new crops, etc. Therefore, anyone with a shelter (or a wall to support the greenhouse), as well as a little space, can take advantage of it to create your plastic growing area by following a few very simple and very inexpensive steps. You dare? We tell you how to do it.


As you can see from the pictures, this construction starts with a pre-existing building, in the specific case of this DIY project, a small shed which served as a base and which served as a support for a greenhouse of about 3 × 4.2 meters in area.

The orientation of the construction made it ideal for this purpose, in addition to facilitating the work that would be required to build it from scratch. With this, the steps needed to raise this structure for cultivation are as follows:

  • First step: Add raised beds. In this specific case, there were three, as the photographs show. For this, you can go to different solutions, such as recycled wood and PVC.
  • Second step: Create the structure that supports the plastic roof of the greenhouse, so that the sun can penetrate it. As you can see in this example, although the structure is closed from the front, both sides remain open. If you prefer, you can close the entire outline leaving an area free to access. For this greenhouse, transparent corrugated sheets were chosen. The cost of these plates (the only investment required for this greenhouse) was $ 300.
  • Third step: Protect the greenhouse from moisture. To accomplish this, most of the greenhouse was surrounded by straw alpacas, which help contain moisture. Indeed, the promoters of this project plan to go even further at this stage by incorporating plastic sheets on the outside and inside of the alpacas, in order to strengthen this protection.

With this, everything would be ready to take your domestic cultivation to a new level. However, steps can continue to improve the greenhouse and make the most of its space. For example, if you want to reserve a room for seeds and seedlings, you can incorporate shelves in the wall of the shed, to use them for this purpose.

In addition, the project can continue and, in fact, the promoters of this greenhouse have in mind to create their own barrel for collecting water. If you want to take advantage of this resource for your greenhouse or for any other use around the home, you have many options for your home system to make the most of rainwater.